BTA: Severe hail storm has damaged lots of cars, buildings damaged by falling trees


The severe thunderstorm, rampaging over Latvia on June 11, has caused various damage to buildings and cars. BTA Baltic Insurance Company AAS (BTA) has already received insurance claims for more than EUR 50,000.


“We still keep receiving insurance claims, although at this moment already the insurance claims made have amassed for more than EUR 50,000. The largest claims are for cars battered by the huge hailstones and buildings damaged by falling trees,” such is the situation update given by BTA Insurance Claims Handling Department Director Kārlis Liepiņš.


The largest quantity of insurance claims – over EUR 25,000 – have been received for damages inflicted by the unusually huge hailstones. “For instance, hail has damaged the roof of a school, resulting in an insurance claim for close to EUR 4,000. Similar size amount has been claimed for a damaged roof of a warehouse at Kuldīga municipality,” says K.Liepiņš. Hail also has knocked out windows and damaged the body to a number of cars, these damages in each case account for EUR 1,500 on average.


The strong wing has also damaged buildings – the insurance claims already made reach above EUR 10,000 for roofs, peeled off by wind, smashed windows, falling tree inflicted damages and malfunctioning electric appliances. As a result of a lightning strike, households in some municipalities now have damaged internet wires, security systems, television transmitters, electric appliances, their owners have placed insurance claims for more than EUR 1,000. For instance, a lightning strike at a household at Raiskums municipality has damaged the boiler pump, chargers and decoders, for which an insurance claim of EUR 300 was made.


The majority of insurance claims were received from municipalities, where wind and hail were raging severest – Tume and Jaunsāti rural municipalities of Tukums municipality, Pelči, Kurmale and Snēpele rural municipalities of Kuldīga municipality, as well as Engure, Lapmežciems and Smiltene municipalities. 


About BTA

BTA Baltic Insurance Company is one of the leading insurance companies in the Baltics, offering the broadest range of non-life insurance services in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. BTA employs more than 1,000 employees in the Baltics. The largest shareholder of BTA is Vienna Insurance Group AG with close to 200 years of experience in the insurance business. With about 50 companies in 25 countries and more than 25,000 employees, Vienna Insurance Group is the clear market leader in its CEE markets. Vienna Insurance Group is the best-rated company of ATX, the leading index of Vienna Stock Exchange with a rating of A+ with stable outlook from Standard & Poor’s; its share is also listed on the Prague Stock Exchange.


Additional information:

Elīna Rasmane

Marketing and Public Relations Department Director

BTA Baltic Insurance Company AAS